Alleged poachers were arrested in Makhado, Limpopo on 16 March after being found in the position of elephant tusks. The arrests were made by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team based in Polokwane assisted by the CIC National Security, San Parks, C-Dass and Comodore Defence Strategy. 

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The Hawks led team received information about alleged poachers who were selling elephant tusks in the Makhado area.

Alleged poachers arrested
Alleged poachers arrested for selling elephant tusks 

A sting operation dubbed  “Tlou Tsu” was conducted by the joint team. The suspects were nabbed at the Checkers underground parking area in possession of elephant tusks.

Alleged poachers arrested for elephant tusks

The suspects are expected to appear in the Makhado Magistrate Court on Monday, 20 March 2023 to face charges of Illicit restricted activity, to wit, selling or trading in a specimen of a listed protected species, African elephant tusks.

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